Before installing Linux, you must first gather some data about your
system. This chapter presents information you need to know and tasks
you need to perform before the installation of Linux. It helps you
make certain that your IBM-compatible PC meets the minimum hardware
requirements for Linux. It shows you how to document your Windows
operating system configuration so that you can respond to questions
presented by the Linux install procedure. And, finally, it shows you
how to prepare your hard disk for Linux.
Various Linux distributions have somewhat different hardware
requirements. To avoid tedious repetition, I refer to Red Hat
Enterprise WS 3 and Fedora as simply
"Linux" throughout this chapter.
But, please bear in mind that the information in this chapter may not
accurately apply to Linux distributions other than Red Hat Enterprise
Linux WS 3 and Fedora.